[Protest of Air Force Contract Awards for Support Services]

B-260126.2: Jul 20, 1995

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A firm protested two Air Force contract awards for support services, contending that the Air Force: (1) improperly imposed a requirement that was not stated in the solicitation; (2) unreasonably evaluated its bid in terms of its proposed personnel experience; and (3) made an unreasonable cost/technical tradeoff decision. GAO held that the Air Force: (1) improperly downgraded the protester's bid for failing to meet a requirement that was not stated in the solicitation; (2) unreasonably evaluated the experience of the protester's proposed personnel; and (3) failed to justify making awards to higher priced bidders. Accordingly, the protest was sustained and GAO recommended that: (1) if the Air Force determines that its minimum needs are not reflected in the solicitation, it should amend the solicitation, reopen negotiations with bidders, resolicit revised bids, and make new contract awards if appropriate; (2) if the Air Force determines that it does not need to amend the solicitation, it should terminate the awardee's contract and make award to the protester; and (3) the Air Force should reimburse the protester for its protest costs.